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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Day 16: The View From The Hills

This stunning Moa Diorama is handmade locally by Emily Thomas and is one of my favourite pieces!

The word "diorama" originated in 1823 as a type of picture-viewing device. The word literally means "through that which is seen", from the Greek di- "through" + orama "that which is seen, a sight".

The current, popular understanding of the term "diorama" denotes a partially three-dimensional, full-size replica or scale model of a landscape typically showing historical events, nature scenes or cityscapes, for purposes of education or entertainment.

Emilys Moa Diorama depicts a scene high on top of the Port Hills of Canterbury. A Victorian couple are surveying the land before them, astride their Moa. The scene is printed on 3 separate pieces of glass and gives a fantastic illusion of depth. Its a fanciful notion to view these colonial forbears riding these magnificent birds, but also a sadness at the loss of this precious taonga.

Emily has always had an interest in costume design, and after graduating she spent eight years working as a full-time costume designer and maker at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, and I think this passion is evident in her theatrical diorama pieces!

She has recently moved to Nelson with her partner, and is loving the warm creative community environment thereā€¦but I still like to claim her as one of ours :)